In July the Port Townsend Gallery Presents Stephanie Johnson & JoAnn Raines
Stephanie K. Johnson is a classically trained artist and graduate of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. Her oil paintings invite viewers to experience the glow and mystery of the old masters. Johnson's career began at a very young age. At twelve she entered her first gallery; Artisans on Taylor in Port Townsend. Many say Johnson is "...too young to have such maturity, yet her skills defy age and time." Stephanie is an artist with the talent to succeed and the courage to press forward. "With this exhibition, it was my goal to bring the techniques of the Dutch Masters into a contemporary setting. She desired to capture the feeling of atmosphere and subtleties of light in each painting. Whether it is sunlit Tuscan hills, treasured shells from the ocean or pears from a local garden, everything pays tribute to the wonder of nature."
JoAnn Raines created art in a number of ways over the years, but felt there was a "watercolor painter within" that needed to be developed, so she began to study her favorite medium with local and regional teachers through classes and workshops. She paints in an impressionistic style to express her subject matter which ranges from still-life renderings to people in everyday settings to cherished landscapes—both local and beyond. When not sketching and painting "en plein air" (outdoors), she is rarely without a camera using it to collect reference photographs from which to paint in the studio. Painting from the abundance of beauty where she lives and travels is what most inspires her.
The Port Townsend Gallery at 715 Water Street is open from 10 to 6 Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Please join the artists for the Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, July 7th . For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110 www.porttownsendgallery.com.